Hear the last tropical forests on the planet

Hear the last tropical forests on the planet

If we take into account that the latest predictions of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicate that half of the planet's species will have become extinct by the end of this century (most of them will never be discovered by science ), we understand that it is urgent to record sound samples of these diverse and unique, as well as fragile, ecosystems: “organized soundscapes”; snippets of sounds from the original nature.

The recordings have been carried out in three representative areas of primary tropical forest, in the Amazon, Africa and Borneo. The reason these forests have been chosen is because the equatorial forest biome integrates the most complex ecosystems on Earth. They are also the most fragile ecosystems, where the extinction rate is highest.

The decision to record their sound is based on the fact that the acoustic setting of these ecosystems is practically unknown, despite the fact that echo-acoustics surprisingly reveals the order and balance of these forests. Sound is the great underrated element in the natural dynamics of ecosystems. These sounds made of art can help raise awareness about the sixth mass extinction that we are experiencing this century. Until this, no similar project existed, and in a few decades these recordings will constitute important fragments of an irreversibly degraded acoustic heritage.

In red, the equatorial forests in which the recordings have been made.

If you have never been to a tropical forest, you will not even be able to imagine what it is like to be in the middle of the jungle at night listening to an infinity of sounds at the same time, which come from unknown places ... unable to identify the animal that emits it. It is a sound that surrounds you and makes you part of something much greater than yourself, of a stage that you do not know how far it extends and in which you feel insignificant and lost.

If you have never been to a tropical forest, or if you have, listen to these recordings.

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